Tests, one-hour, mostly multiple-choice tests, measure how much students
know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply
SAT2 Subject Tests
cover many areas:
U.S. History (formerly American History and Social Studies)
Mathematics Level 1 (formerly Mathematics IC)
Mathematics Level 2 (formerly Mathematics IIC)
Chinese with Listening
French with Listening
German with Listening
Spanish with Listening
Japanese with Listening
Korean with Listening
All SAT Subject
Tests are one-hour, multiple-choice tests. However, some of these tests
have unique formats:
- The SAT Subject
Test in Biology E/M contains a common core of 60 general-knowledge
multiple-choice questions, followed by 20 multiple-choice questions
that emphasize either ecological (Biology E) or molecular (Biology
M) subject matter. Before testing begins, you must choose which test
you will take, either the ecological or molecular. Students are not
allowed to take both tests in one sitting. If you do, your scores
may be canceled.
- The SAT Subject
Tests in Mathematics (Level 1 and Level 2) have some questions that
require the use of at least a scientific or graphing calculator. Mathematics
Subject Tests are developed with the expectation that most students
will use a graphing calculator.
- The SAT Subject
Tests in Languages with Listening (Chinese, French, German, Japanese,
Korean, and Spanish) consist of a listening section and a reading
section. Students taking these tests are required to bring an acceptable
CD player with earphones to the test center.
can take SAT2 tests whenever they wish. A good rule of thumb is to
take the test at the point in your studies when you are most informed
about the topic. Juniors often take the U. S. History SAT2 in the
spring of junior year, for example, because they have been studying
the subject all year. Students may choose to take a subject test as
early as 9th grade if that is when the topic is covered at their school.
are they administered?
SAT2 Subject Tests are offered several times throughout the year.
See the testing
schedule for this year.
can you take them?
SAT2 Subject Tests are offered at many sites in the Seattle area. See
the College Board website for a list of test
sites near you.
you choose which scores to report?
have the option to report only those SAT2 Subject Test scores you want.
Some schools will nevertheless require you to report all of them.
Check the application instructions for each of your colleges
to find out which scores to submit to which colleges.
all colleges require SAT2 Subject Tests?
colleges require or recommend one or more of the Subject Tests for admission
or placement. Used in combination with other background information
(your high school record, scores from other tests like the SAT1, teacher
recommendations, etc.), they can provide a measure of your academic
achievement and are a good predictor of future performance. In general,
the more selective the college, the more likely it is to require SAT2 testing.
out the Compass
site for information about SAT2 tests colleges may require.
can you prepare?
out the College
Board Subject Test Preparation Center for information about
what is covered on the tests. They provide sample test questions for
you to try. You can also purchase the College Board's Real SAT2 Subject
Tests book for examples of actual tests.
do you pay?
can register online with a credit card. When you sign up you can designate
several colleges to receive the scores for free. Do not pay to send
scores until ALL testing has been completed. Click to go to registration.